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Ian Daly

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Hi all (?)

Looking at posts on here I'm not anticipating too many replies¬†ūüôĄ¬†though I shouldn't complain I visit here less that Father Christmas!

But, just in case, the missus went out to her car ('90 SDi 1.7 Lupo) to head off to her office as normal, standard start procedure for her (although I was watching from a sixth floor balcony about 75m away) brake lights came on and I could hear the starter throw, but it didn't turn over, a couple more attempts with same result.  I made my way down to her and Coldplay (cos it was all yellow) , I too tried but this time nothing, no brake lights, not even any dash lights.  I have to say that turning the ignition felt slightly odd, so I'm suspecting that there's a problem with the ignition switch and it now blown a fuse?  I have time to mull this over before I can have a further looks as she's cleverly stuffed the keys in her handbag and taken them into work, yes I did take her in and drop her off, so any thoughts anyone...one..one?

Cheers

Ian.

 

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inability to spell!

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Did you try with a couple of jump cables attached. Clean the battery terminals as well.

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Hi Skezza, thanks for the reply, no, I've done nothing so far she needed to get in to open up the office and as I said she taken the damn keys with her.  I doubt it's the battery though, the dash lights didn't even glow dimly and the battery was new this time last year, all tight, I did get chance to check that.  Gut feeling says that there's a problem with the switch and it's subsequently blown a fuse.

Ian

 

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My first reaction to your headline was "no, I don't believe it. SDIs don't die...". Unkillable.

But now I've read the detail, yes, the key switch contact thing is a known fault on all Lupos. And the main power relay behind the fuse panel (also controlled by the key switch). So yeah, that'd be my first port of call.

let us know how you go.

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Hi Mk2, thanks for coming back to me, you are correct, of course¬†it can be resuscitated¬†ūüėĀ¬†it's a right pain searching for the bits, think I'll get the old bits out and use their numbers, will I run into difficulties with the key coding or is that resolved within a different unit?

Of course I'll let you all know how it goes¬†ūüĎć

Ian

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